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Mālaka, aka: Māḷaka, Malaka; 3 Definition(s)


Mālaka means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

The Sanskrit term Mālaka can be transliterated into English as Malaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism


1a) Malaka (मलक).—Was the Asura who entered heaven, snatched away the nectar vessel from Dhanvantari: Mohinī helped the gods in the scuffle that ensued and Malaka fled to Pātālam.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 9. 38. 10. 2, 23.

1b) A commander of Bhaṇḍa.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 21. 85.
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

about this context:

The Purāṇas (पुराण, purana) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahāpurāṇas total over 400,000 ślokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

In Buddhism


Māḷaka, (a Non-Aryan word, although the Dhtm 395 gives roots mal & mall in meaning “dhāraṇa” (see under mala). Cp. malorika) a stand, viz. for alms-bowl (patta°) Vin. II, 114, or for drinking vessel (pānīya°) J. VI, 85. (Page 531)

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Mālaka, (Māḷaka) (fr. māla or māḷa) a circular (consecrated) enclosure, round, yard (cp. Geiger, Mhvs. trsl. 99: “m. is a space marked off and usually terraced, within which sacred functions were carried out. In the Mahāvihāra (Tiss’ārāma) at Anurādhapura there were 32 mālakas; Dpvs XIV. 78; Mhvs 15, 192. The sacred Bodhi-tree e.g. was surrounded by a malaka”).—The word is peculiar to the late (Jātaka-) literature, & is not found in the older texts.—J. I, 449 (vikkama°); IV, 306; V, 49 (visāla°), 138 (id. , spelling maḷaka); Mhvs 15, 36 (Mahā-mucala°); 16, 15; 32, 58 (saṅghassa kamma°, encl. for ceremonial acts of the S. , cp. 15, 29); DhA. IV, 115 (°sīmā); Vism. 342 (vitakka°). (Page 530)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

mālaka : (m.) a circular enclosure; a round yard.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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